Anyone who has ever struggled with waking up early to do work in the gym can attest—it’s easier if you have athletic-wear that you look good in and feel great in. There are some truly fantastic athleisure brands on the market right now and lately, I’ve been stocking up on pieces from Aussie brand The Upside, Stella McCartney for Adidas and a new favorite, Athletic Propulsion Labs. As someone who is currently training for a half marathon (first-time racers, holla if you hear me!) I can use all the help I can get.
A few glimpses of what summer has looked like thus far…
// Sunday brunches typically look something like this: poached eggs with truffles at Taverna //
// Celebrated Negroni week with this beauty at Black Sheep //
// Took a weekend getaway to Orlando and couldn’t resist the swan boats of Lake Eola //
// Celebrated the Fourth at Omni Orlando. This MLM label top felt like the perfect patriotic choice. //
//Shoes of the summer via Chiara Ferragni //
If you haven’t noticed, I never really update my blog anymore. It’s time consuming and my trusty photog (my boyfriend) up and left for business school! I’ll still update this site periodically, but not nearly as often. I do, however, update my Tumblr page all the time. So check that out if you haven’t already: virginiaalamode.tumblr.com
On September 13, Bluemercury will commemorate its 15th Anniversary with treats, complimentary makeovers, mini facials and treatments at all its shops. Plus, the first 15 customers in each store will receive a gift from Bluemercury’s proprietary skincare line M-61: a full-sized cleanser of their choice (up to a $34 value). In addition, the store will have some amazing beauty exclusives to celebrate the anniversary including the launch of the Best Seller’s Collection, with products by NARS, Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier, Darphin and more (it’s a $400 value that will retail for $175). Even better? The celebration will last all month long. With any $175 purchase, clients will receive a deluxe sample bag featuring some pretty amazing products (that Fresh eye cream is on point). Take a look at all you get in the free gift below. I’ll be in my local store Saturday taking advantage of all the great deals—hope to see you there!
I always have a dozen or so beauty products in rotation and, with the weather fluctuating between humid and more humid—this week is no exception. Below are a few of my fave products. Oh—and bonus! I’m giving away a box FULL of fabulous products, as part of the FabFitFun box of goodies. I’m actually giving away TWO boxes—one here, and one on my personal blog, Virginia a la Mode.
Here’s how to enter:
1. Follow me (@VChamlee) and Jax Mag (@jacksonvillemag) on Instagram.
2. Re-gram the below photo (make sure and tag @VChamlee and @jacksonvillemag so we can see that you posted it!)
3. That’s it! We’ll pick the lucky winners exactly one week from today. (And I’ll Instagram a few of the individual items throughout the next week, so you can peek inside).
Here are a few of my current favorite products…bonus: they all just happen to be included in the giveaway!
• Sonya Dakar Flash Facial : This stuff is liquid gold (literally—it retails for $95). It’s a one-minute exfoliating gel and it just happens to be Gwyneth Paltrow’s favorite beauty product.
• Zoya nail polish: Goes on easily, and it comes in a gorgeous, light orange color—perfect for Summer.
• Balanced Guru no frizz hair oil: If you live in humid Florida, you get the necessity of a good anti-frizz product.
I’m all about a simple, black and white look with gold accents and glossy red lips lately. I bought this shirt recently and can’t take it off… it just makes everything look infinitely more hip. I’ve been dying for a Mansur Gavriel bag for more than a year now, so I think it’s about time to bite the bullet… I really want a pink one, but this black version is pretty chic.
Since I couldn’t fit it into one post… here’s part two of my Miami Swim diary.
Other highlights: Baked crab hand rolls at Katsuya, a totally insane brunch at Michael’s Genuine (where the kimchi benedict rocked my world), browsing at my favorite Miami boutique, The Webster (where I fell in love with a Chanel fanny pack and a pair of Alaia gladiators) and grabbing cucumber margaritas with my boo at our hotel, The Viceroy.
I spent the past weekend in Miami, at the tenth anniversary of Miami Swim. The weekend was fun and very busy—lots of fashion shows, presentations, late (and amazing dinners) and even a few rain storms. I luckily managed to squeeze in some time with one of my best friends and make some new ones and, of course, see a lot of skimpy bikinis and a few Real Housewives. Here’s a roundup of the highlights from Friday (events officially started on Thursday, but this was Day 1 for me).
I’ve done roundups of skincare and beauty products in the past but today, I’m offering up something a little different. I had a facial last week that absolutely transformed my skin. It was dewy days later, seemed a bit more plum, and my eyes appeared lintless. All in all, I looked, somehow, brighter. It’s all thanks to a new facial at bluemercury—The SkinCeutical Facial. The 50-minute procedure includes a minor glycolic peel (it’s pretty mild, so it’s unlike most heavy-duty peels) and layers upon layers of vitamins, antioxidants and fruit acids. There are no extractions—instead, your face is just massaged and pampered. The whole thing ends with a blast of oxygen all over your face, so your pores are clean and tight. It was seriously the best facial I’ve ever had, and I will certainly going back for another before the limited-time-only procedure expires August 31.
The cost ($95) is pretty paltry compared to the results. Book your appointments soon. Thank me later.
Here area few of my favorite Skinceuticals products, in case you’d like to attempt an at-home version of this amazing procedure.
PS. I’ll be covering Mercedes Benz Miami Swim Week starting Friday, so be sure to follow me on Instagram to keep up with all the happenings.
I recently stumbled upon the brand Just Female and am in love with pretty much every piece. This shirt might be one of my favorites—I love a graphic tee and the grey, black and white color palette looks great with a red lip.
The shirt isn’t currently available online (I got mine at Marcia’s Place in Ponte Vedra), but you can shop a similar top (plus some of my favorite pieces from Just Female) below.